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Ministerial committee to consider 'death by prescription' bill
Feb 2, 2014

The ISRAELHAYOM newsletter reports 24 January 2014:

A Ministerial Committee on Legislation plans to debate a new bill that seeks to legalize doctor-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients.
The proposal, dubbed the "death by prescription" bill, was drafted by MK Ofer Shelah (Yesh Atid). It will be presented to the committee soon. Shelah aims to amend the existing Terminal Patient Law,

Video on the (German) question of euthanasia
Feb 2, 2014

From Deutsche Welle: In Germany, euthanasia is illegal, but medically-assisted suicide is not forbidden. That means anyone who supplies a terminally-ill patient with poison isn't performing a criminal act. Peter Puppe is a retired teacher. Though he has no medical background, he helps terminally-ill patients who wish to end their lives. But many politicians in Germany want to ban any form of assisted suicide. See instructive video here.

Coronation Street addresses the right to die
Feb 2, 2014

Millions of viewers in the UK tuned in to watch the final scenes of one of its most popular characters Hayley Cropper in the long running soap Coronation Street. Viewers saw Hayley, played by actress Julie Hesmondhalgh, take an overdose after giving up her struggle with incurable cancer.The actress, who joined the soap in 1998 to play the Street's first transsexual and won the hearts of the nation with her on-screen romance with cafe owner Roy, played by David Neilson, has also spoken out in support of the storyline. She said it had been "a responsibility" and "a real privilege" and

Scottish Bill now in Committee
Feb 2, 2014

The Scottish bill of Margo MacDonald has been sent to a Parliamentary Committee for scrutiny. This committee is expected to send out calls for evidence within the next couple of weeks. Please keep tract of the news on this site. A special

Belgian Senate aproves the bill to allow euthanasia for children
Jan 27, 2014

The outcome was expected, but observers were astonished at the margin of victory. By a vote of 50 to 17, the Belgian Senate has approved euthanasia for children. When the bill finally passes – which now seems quite certain – there will be no age limit for choosing to die at the hands of Belgian doctor. The next step is a vote in the lower house, which will probably take place in May.

Most Chinese have open mind towards euthanasia
Jan 16, 2014

ChinaDaily (in an article by Wang Hongy from Shanghai) reported on a recent survey by Shanghai Jiao Tong University (December 2013) , which shows that about 70% of 3400 polled residents from 34 cities 'do not object to euthanasia or can accept the idea'. This would imply that two third of Chinese have an open mind towards euthanasia.
The topic of death has long been taboo in China. In Chinese tradition,

UK Panel of senior judges to prepare a ruling on Right to Die
Dec 23, 2013

The Telegraph in London (John Bingham, Social Affairs Editor) reported on 8 December 2013, that a full panel of nine Supreme Court Justices, headed by Lord Neuberger, the court’s President, is to be convened next week to hear the culmination of three separate legal challenges to the current ban on assisted suicide. The three cases have been put into one ‘super-case’ to allow a sweeping judgment on the current state of the law in England and Wales.

New-Mexico (USA) starts legal battle on the right to die
Dec 23, 2013

While working in Oregon, surgical oncologist Katharine Morris helped two terminally ill patients die on their own terms. Morris says she felt she was doing it to end suffering and to give her patients a sense of control. So now, while working in New Mexico, she's suing to get patients the option in New Mexico as well.
Four states - Oregon, Vermont, Washington and Montana  - 

Overview of Living Wills in the World
Dec 23, 2013

We recently retraced an overview of Living Wills around the world, produced as part of the 2004 Tokyo WF Conference.  If interested click here.

French panel recommends legalising assisted suicide
Dec 23, 2013

A panel set up at the request of President François Hollande on Monday (December 16, 2013) recommended legalising assisted suicide in France, where the debate on euthanasia has been revived after several tragic end-of-life stories. The suicides of two elderly couples in November and the heart wrenching testimony of a politician who watched her terminally-ill mother die after taking pills have shocked and moved France,

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